Allen, Thomas Gaskell Jr. & Sachtleben, William Lewis; Across Asia on a Bicycle..1894

(No reviews yet) Write a Review
4.00 LBS
$10.00 (Fixed Shipping Cost)
Product Description

Allen, Thomas Gaskell Jr. & Sachtleben, William Lewis; Across Asia on a Bicycle: The Journey of Two American Students from Constantinople to Peking. 1st edition, The Century Co., New York, 1894. Octavo, pp. xii, 4, 234, frontispiece, numerous plates, full page sketches and text drawings. 

The work is complete and in the original blue-green cloth with gilt cover titles and gilt cover vignette and decorative gilt spine titles. The binding is tight and near pristine, text and plates are fine, early owner’s signature on end sheet and upper margin of title page. A near fine copy.
The authors both graduated from the University of Washington in1890 and sailed to Liverpool, bicycled across Europe and then began to make the cycling journey from Istanbul to Peking. This was at the height of the first cycling craze in the world on that new invention called the bicycle. In 1893 they returned having covered over 15,000 miles, at that time the longest continuous land journey ever made. This is their account of their trip across Turkey, Persia, Turkestan and northern China. On a personal note, as an avid road cyclist I ask myself how they did it. This was before light weight 20 pound bicycles with “granny” gears and also before “E-Bikes”. These bicycles probably weighed a minimum of 60 pounds and were one gear.